Suffering in Silence May Cause Death

Aug 22, 2007
A recent study, performed by American researchers that examined behavior, heart disease, as well as mortality in marriage, found that a woman's health can be seriously affected if she suffers in silence.
Scientists discovered that those women who feel free to express themselves during rows had 4 times less chances to die over a period of a decade than women who keep their emotions within.

The research states that there is a high risk for depression, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and even death in women who keep their emotions suppressed.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Elaine D. Eaker of Eaker Epidemiology Enterprises in Gaithersburg, Maryland, mentioned that despite the fact that the so-called "self-silencing," that occurs during a certain conflict, might have provided an evolutionary survival advantage long time ago, today, unfortunately, it could serve as as necessity to women that are living in abusive relationships.

Together with her team, Dr. Eaker, found that, over a period of a decade, the most important discovery was that women who keep emotions suppressed were had much more chances to die than women who felt free to expressed what they think during marital arguments.
According to Dr. Elaine D. Eaker this study is the only one to focus its attention on problems that occur in marital relationships by trying to understand what really happens in marriage and how the couple actually feels.

In order to perform the study its lead author with her team of specialists analyzed 3,682 men and women, all of them taking part in the Framingham Offspring Study. When the study began, the majority of participants were in their 40s and 50s. Scientists tracked all of them for a ten-year-period so later to study the changes in heart disease and the causes of death.

The results of the study proved that marriage is actually good for men's health.

The study found that those men whose wifes came home from work in a bad mood and were unhappy about their jobs had a 2.7 times higher risk to develop heart disease in comparison to men whose wifes felt less stressed about their job.

Scientists have an opinion that the problems at wife's work could upset the husband because he cannot control her life in this field.

Dr. Eaker together with her colleagues outlined that they paid attention on the changing roles of women. However, it is also important to analyze and understand the changing roles of husbands and men.

Researchers state that their findings focus on the importance of a healthy communication in marital relationships. According to the study it is also important to allow another person a safe environment for expressing his or her feelings during a conflict, this being useful for health of the couple and its relationship.

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